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LGBT Christians keep the faith in Eastern Europe, Central Asia

LGBT Christians are keeping the faith in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, despite huge challenges in many countries. They resolved to “support one another in prayers and to pray ‘for those who persecute us’ ” in a joint statement at … Continue reading

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U.N. rights office rejects anti-gay laws of Russia, Moldava

The human rights office of the United Nations has urged Russia to repeal its ban on “gay propaganda,” while also asking Moldava to repeal a similar law and advising Ukraine not to pass a nearly identical proposal. Such laws “form … Continue reading

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76+ painted faces protest 76+ countries’ anti-gay laws

British poet-activist Vince Laws has again turned a spotlight on the 76-plus countries where homosexuality is illegal, painting the faces of 85 volunteers with those countries’ names before an audience of about 200. His performance-art protest, called “Banned,” was presented … Continue reading

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Europe asks Russia, What about heterosexual propaganda?

“What about ‘propaganda of heterosexuality?’ ” asks a commission of European legal experts in their newly adopted opinion about legislation to ban so-called “propaganda of homosexuality,” which has been variously passed or is under consideration in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. Nigel … Continue reading

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Call for police response to anti-gay attacks in Ukraine

After the generally peaceful Equality March on May 25, anti-gay forces have launched a series of attacks on LGBT activists and have threatened more violence. Two human rights group today urged Ukrainian authorities to investigate and put an end to … Continue reading

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Praise for police, organizers of first Kiev Pride Parade

This encouraging account of the first Pride Parade in Kiev, Ukraine, comes from Boris O. Dittrich, advocacy director of the LGBT program at Human Rights Watch: On Saturday May 25, 2013 the first Kiev Pride Parade took place. Some 75 … Continue reading

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Moscow police arrest protesters; Ukraine’s protect them

Police respond differently to pride marches in Ukraine and Russia LGBT rights activists held Ukraine’s first pride parade today in Kiev. The march was held with police protection and despite a court ruling against it, Reuters reported. About 10 counter-protesters … Continue reading

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Court blocks Ukraine’s first-ever gay pride rally

A court in Kiev has ruled against plans for Ukraine’s first gay-pride demonstration. A district court judge today found in favor of city authorities, who argued against approving the rally, based on fears that it would lead to violence and … Continue reading

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Ukraine lawmakers seek ban on gay pride parades

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports: Sixty-one Ukrainian lawmakers have signed a petition urging Kyiv’s mayor to ban a gay-pride parade in the Ukrainian capital scheduled for May 25. Ukraine’s Family Movement leader Pavlo Unhuryan, who is also a [member of … Continue reading

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Our world today: Jail for love notes, but death threats are OK?

“You can end up behind bars for sending a message of love, but the authorities look the other way when someone threatens to kill children.” Boris O. Dittrich, the advocacy director for the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch, … Continue reading

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